Belonging Essay

Only available on StudyMode
  • Topic: Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman, Moulin Rouge!
  • Pages : 5 (1767 words )
  • Download(s) : 148
  • Published : September 11, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
Discuss the statement. “Where you live defines your sense of Belonging” The statement, “Where you live defines your sense of Belonging” implies that the location and setting in which you live, defines your sense of belonging. This is not wrong in saying this, but it is not the only aspect to belonging. The ideas of belonging, or of not belonging, vary. They are shaped within personal, cultural, historical and social contexts. A sense of belonging can develop from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. Experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding can also play huge roles in whether a person belongs or does not belong. Your sense of belonging is defined by the personal experiences and how you choose to live and not only the location in which you live. The concept of belonging can be through choice or be forced upon an individual there are many reasons for this whether an individual chooses not to belong to people, places, groups, communities or the wider world. To belong to these aspects can not only enrich the individual but can also influence the group. Attitudes towards the idea of belonging can also be forced upon. This can be due to many factors such as culture, class, gender, friends etc. The sense of belonging is represented in various ways throughout texts such as Migrant Hostel and Ancestor by Peter Skrzynecki and the movie Australia (2008) directed by Baz Luhrman featuring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. Each of the texts has a wide range of ideas on how belonging is created through personal experiences and notion of identity, and therefore how a person chooses to lives. When “new comers” are living in a new society, their sense of belonging will be challenged due to the lack of relationships and understanding within their new environment. “Migrant Hostel” shows us what migrants face when they enter into a new environment and how their past experience and their heritage are reflected in their actions, but may conflict with the needs of their new lives. The title Migrant Hostel shows the reader that this place is a temporary accommodation for migrants. The title then is echoed in the detached tone of “Arrivals of new comers”. The statement “Sudden departures from adjoining blocks” expresses the constant change of environment, relationship and identity of the migrant. The use of word such as “Sudden departures” also gives the reader a sense that the attitude is implying that residents don’t have time to embrace the environment and therefore they don’t feel as if they belong in the environment. The migrants passing though this particular area, and not having any acceptance of this particular place (the Hostel) gives them the sense of no belonging. The question of “who would be coming next” shows the doubt of the people and a particular remoteness. The use of the simile In “Nationalities sought /Each other out instinctively / Like a homing pigeon /Circling to get its bearing” creates a sense of the moving migrant seeking for compatriots to get support. This also represents that the migrants are finding people with the same experience who thus have a sense of belonging to a group. However, this also creates a paradox as “pigeons” represent freedom and lack of restriction, whereas the migrant in this context is restricted. Here we can also find that the sense of belonging is not only based on experience, but is also related to the notion of identity. The migrants, “Recognised by accents,” quickly link up with people that come from a common heritage, who share a similar identity. People are physically staying together but are isolated in their minds which is shown by “Partitioned off at night /By memories of hunger and hate”. The “hate” is toward their situation; a migrant feels alone at night and starts thinking about their memories. In another sense, their feelings about where they actually belong. There is the sense of being an...
tracking img